Because of their plethora of moving parts and the fact that they have to withstand extended weather exposure, garage doors can become damaged over time. While proper maintenance can extend the lifespan of your garage door, there will come a time where it will either have to be repaired or replaced. Understanding which problems can be repaired and which ones require a replacement door to be installed can help save you money.
- Heaviness: If your garage door suddenly feels much heavier and is harder to open, it is usually an issue with the tracks for the door or the torsion springs loosening over time. In this case, a contractor will either replace the springs or apply lubricant, making the door much easier to open.
- Stops Opening: If the door has become stuck and won't open manually or automatically, there may be an issue with either your garage door opener or the tracks themselves. This problem can usually be handled by a contractor, though it may take more time than a simply heavy door, as there are many potential causes for this issue.
- Damaged Panels: If the panels on your garage door have become scratched or dented, they can usually be repaired either through a replacement of the panel itself, which is much cheaper than replacing the entire garage door, or by simply applying pressure to pop the dent back into place. Repairs should be done as soon as possible, as cuts and scratches can allow rust to develop on metal garage doors, and rot on wooden doors.
- Aesthetics: If your garage door has become dated looking, or is simply old and dilapidated, it is often easier to replace the entire unit instead of trying to refurbish it. This is especially relevant to older wooden garage doors, which can warp and crack over time, which can make it harder to open the door itself.
- Damage: Severe damage to the garage door, caused by a collision with a vehicle, extended intense weather exposure, or some other form of trauma, can damage the mechanisms of the garage door as well as the doors paneling itself. If there are visible holes in the garage door, or if the tracks, springs, or garage door opener have visible signs of wear and tear, you should probably replace the entire door. Damaged garage doors pose a serious safety hazard, as they may suddenly close without warning.
For more information, contact a garage door repair company like Overhead Door Co. of Everett Inc.